In this particular case it's good thing :-)
Posted Sep 20, 2011 22:36 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: Garrett: UEFI secure booting
Parent article: Garrett: UEFI secure booting
Linux might be big enough, but Linux hardware OEMs are not that big AFAIK.
Right - but in this particular case it's good thing.
With the exception of Asus netbooks, every Linux desktop/laptop computer I have personally seen either originally had Windows installed by the OEM or was built from components (including a blank HD).
Right. That's because big companies have no interest in such an offers. They buy a lot of computers (groups of 100 or so) and then selectively install Windows or Linux on them. For that to work they need system with Windows preinstalled (yes, even if you install your own "Corporate" version of Windows you still need computer with Windows pre-installed). Microsoft forbids dual-use models, and pure Linux system is pretty useless for said companies.
What does it mean? Few things.
1. Systems where you can only use pre-installed OEM version of Windows will not fly.
2. Systems where you can not install Linux will not fare much better.
And when the big OEMs have a Linux option, it is as far as I have seen only on lower-end hardware (as if the only reason to use Linux were lower prices!), or on servers.
It's not the only reason, but only people who are conting every penny buy these "Linux options". Everyone else just pays the "Microsoft tax" for their Linux computers (see above).
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